Energy Storage

The first battery was believed to have been invented somewhere in Ancient Mesopotamia, during either the time of the Parthian or Sasanian Empires, and is commonly known as the Baghdad Battery. The time period this encompases stretches from approximately the year 150 BC to 650 AD, long before historians believed human beings understood how to harness the power of electricity in any form. This was the first known example of any kind of energy storage technology, what is now currently one of the most important areas of scientific development being worked on today. The usage of the word battery is far more modern than the Baghdad Battery, having been coined to describe a group of electrical devices by Benjamin Franklin in 1748. Today, the term encompasses any kind of device designed for the purpose of storing energy for use in the future. The term accumulator is also used to describe these devices, but it is not a frequently used part of the common vernacular. The main purpose of energy storage devices is to allow us to convert energy from forms that are difficult to store in the long term into those that do so more easily and cheaply. The most widely used and economically sustainable form of energy storage today is the use of hydroelectric dams. As the world’s supply of fossil fuels and other non-sustainable sources of energy are steadily being depleted, finding more efficient and inexpensive methods to store energy is crucial to our society. Because of the …

Wind Energy

Fossil fuels are a non-renewable resource, unable to replenish themselves in meaningful human timeframes at a sufficient rate. As they are also the main source of energy for the entire world, scientists have worked tirelessly to find cost-effective alternatives to these fossil fuels as a way to generate electricity. In recent years up to twenty percent of the global energy consumption could be attributed to these renewable forms of energy production. Renewable sources of energy are undeniably going to replace the use of fossil fuels entirely in the near future. The most ubiquitous of these new forms of sustainable energy generation is wind energy. Already, approximately five percent of the world wide electric power being generated comes from wind power. In Denmark, about fifty percent of the consumed electrical power can be attributed to wind energy. And they are not alone in the development of this technology. More than eighty other nations across the globe have followed suit, albeit not to such a significant extent. Although pressure from large oil and natural gas corporations has hindered the spread of renewable forms of energy for decades, the obvious benefits to the environment and economy have ensured further investment into wind energy. Wind power is plentiful and renewable, allowing any individual to tap into the energy available in the air around us without reducing the supply. It is completely clean, producing no greenhouse gasses or waste as a byproduct. Furthermore, it consumes no water and requires the use of very little land. …